Hip injury

Hips are called ball-and-socket joints because the ball-like top of the thigh bone moves within a cup-like space in the pelvis. Hips are usually stable; when they are healthy, it takes great force to hurt them. However, sporting activity, overuse, accident or illness can lead to hip injuries.

Hip bursitis

  • Bursitis of the hip is the most common cause of hip pain
  • Tenderness of the outer hip is typically caused by trochanteric bursitis
  • Less frequently, ischial bursitis can cause dull pain in the upper buttock area

Sprains and strains

A hip strain occurs when one of the muscles supporting the hip joint is stretched beyond its limit and becomes torn. A hip sprain is when a ligament in the hip is stretched or torn.

Hip flexor strains can range from mild to severe. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time ranges from a few days to months.


Gluteal tendinopathy is the most common hip tendon injury. The gluteal tendons are the tough fibres that connect the gluteal muscle to the hip bone. A tendon injury is usually the result of many tiny tears to the tendon that have happened over time.

SportsMed TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of tendinopathy, bursitis, muscle or ligament tear, your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of a hip injury.

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with muscle strengthening.

  • RELIEVE mode:
    • Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)
    • Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)
  • RECOVERY mode - injury healing
    • Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)
  • EXERCISE mode - muscle strengthening
    • Rehabilitation stage (high frequency EMS; surging, medium to high intensity)

Pad placement - Hip injury

HIP injury electrode placement
hip injury electrode placement

SportsMed treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Pain relief RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesOn demand
Muscle soreness RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily for 1 or 2 days
Scar tissue RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily as needed
Soft tissue healing RECOVERMedium 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
Circulation RELIEVE or RECOVERLow 60 minutesas often as needed
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium 5 to 15 minutes3 times per day
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium to high 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch
On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly
On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required
Use a SportsMed TENS machine for hip injuries

SportsMed TENS, ECS and EMS
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